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A Storm Of Swords  : A Song of Ice and Fire Series : Book 3  - George R. R. Martin

A Storm Of Swords

A Song of Ice and Fire Series : Book 3

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Published: September 2005
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This is the US edition. In Australia, A Storm Of Swords, Volume Three of A Song of Ice and Fire Series is published in two volumes - Part 1: Steel and Snow and Part 2: Blood and Gold. The text is the same, the Australian publisher just decided A Storm Of Swords was less bulky and easier to read broken into two volumes.

Book Description

Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin' s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin' s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A Storm of Swords

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall.

But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King' s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world....

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization.

In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others--a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdomshave exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .

About the Author

An iconic American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, George R.R. Martin is best known for his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

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A Storm Of Swords
 
4.1

(based on 8 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Original story (8)
  • Compelling characters (7)
  • Takes you to another world (7)
  • Well written (6)
  • Easy to read (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to follow (3)

Best Uses

  • Gift (6)
  • Older readers (6)
  • Travel reading (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual reader (3), Everyday reader (3)

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3.0

Hard to get into

By Dee

from Melbourne

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Pros

  • Original Story

Cons

  • Difficult To Follow
  • Limited Appeal

Best Uses

  • Travel Reading
  • Younger Readers

Comments about A Storm Of Swords:

book delivery good

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5.0

A journey

By Jane-o

from Sydney

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Pros

  • Compelling Characters
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Original Story
  • Takes You To Another World
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about A Storm Of Swords:

    If you have gotten this far in the story then you know already that this is George R R Martin gold.

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    2.0

    Good Book, Poor Build

    By Kyzz

    from Buderim, AU

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    Pros

    • Compelling Characters
    • Easy To Read
    • Original Story
    • Takes You To Another World
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Poor Build Quality

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about A Storm Of Swords:

    Great George RR Martin novel, however the build quality of the book is very poor. Very thin pages, and the glue holding the pages to the cover is very weak and the pages will fall out soon.

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    5.0

    Lives up to the billing

    By Rambo

    from Melbourne

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    Pros

    • Compelling Characters
    • Easy To Read
    • Original Story
    • Takes You To Another World

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about A Storm Of Swords:

        Compelling novel

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        4.0

        Absorbing

        By Nellie

        from Perth Wa

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        Pros

        • Compelling Characters
        • Easy To Read
        • Original Story
        • Takes You To Another World
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about A Storm Of Swords:

          Great on going story

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          4.0

          AWESOME BOOK

          By The Potato Slayer

          from Perth

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          Pros

          • Compelling Characters
          • Original Story
          • Takes You To Another World
          • Well Written

          Cons

          • Difficult To Follow

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about A Storm Of Swords:

          Great compelling story, It can feel a bit long and tedious but you get so much out of it. Plus its a TV series and its pretty amazing and I highly recommend that as well

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          5.0

          Another stellar work in the series

          By WiL

          from Canberra, ACT

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          Pros

          • Compelling Characters
          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Great For Any Age
          • Original Story
          • Takes You To Another World
          • Well Written

          Cons

          • Difficult To Follow

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about A Storm Of Swords:

          The third installment of George RR Martin's Ice and Fire saga continues the excellent story. It is full of unexpected twists in a world that seems to only go from bad to worse and then worser still. It is a delightfully black tale where all others seem to be the sickly sweet of happily ever after fantasy. A unique story well worth the read.

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          5.0

          the twists and turns keep you engaged fo

          By snaccm

          from Newcastle, NSW, AU

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          Pros

          • Compelling Characters
          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Read
          • Original Story
          • Takes You To Another World
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Older Readers

            Comments about A Storm Of Swords:

            be careful which edition you buy - I thought it was a part book so bought the book and what i thought was part 2 - It depends on the publisher so make sure if you are purchasing part 2 that you buy part one

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            "A riveting continuation of a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle."--"Patriot News ""I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers."--Robert Jordan

            George R. R. Martin

            George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

            Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.

            In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.

            As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.

            In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.

            Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

            Visit George R. R. Martin's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9780553573428
            ISBN-10: 055357342X
            Series: Song of Ice and Fire
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 1216
            Published: September 2005
            Publisher: Random House USA Inc
            Dimensions (cm): 17.7 x 10.6  x 4.3
            Weight (kg): 0.53